U.S. equity-index futures gained as jobless claims fell and earnings from 21st Century Fox Inc. and CenturyLink Inc. beat estimates. Bonds rose as the European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold, while Australia’s dollar led a decline in higher-yielding currencies.
Stocks fell around the world as earnings from Samsung Electronics Co. to Deutsche Lufthansa AG trailed estimates and Argentina missed a payment on its bonds. Oil dropped for a fourth day and the dollar strengthened.
Stocks rose, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching a third straight record, as U.S. jobless claims dropped. The euro gained as the European Central Bank said the economy may stabilize this year.